Market gardener Andrew McTurk talks to Ken about spring and what crops are about to emerge at his farm in Brentwood, Essex. With spring on its way the first crop of the year – rhubarb is its move with picking starting in March.
The eel could become one of Britain’s most expensive wildlife species as money is invested to protect it from extinction. Ken Crowther has been finding out more.
Within the Essex countryside Liz and Ian Giblin farm alpacas on their 25-acre site. They keep over a 100 alpacas, and Liz freely admits she is ‘completely addicted to the animals’. The couple run a controlled breeding programme as they constantly strive to improve the quality of the fleece. Liz spoke to Ken Crowther about her ‘obsession’.
Market gardener Andrew McTurk has been explaining to Ken Crowther how they make their decisions on what to grow for the following year. One crop they will definitely be growing in 2015 is Brussels sprouts which did very well in the two weeks running up to Christmas.
People who keep chickens in their gardens can be responsible for breaches of animal welfare standards. Amateur chicken keepers also risk spreading disease due to a lack of knowledge. Yvette Faris has been looking at the hazards and dangers of keeping poultry in the garden.